Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT
Countdown to Opening Day – 61 days
Dan Otero’s time in Cleveland trended steadily the wrong direction, which ultimately led to his option for 2020 being declined following the 2019 campaign.
Cleveland’s Chris Antonetti shared with the media on Wednesday that the Indians will pick up the team option on right-hander Corey Kluber, bringing him back for the 2020 season.
In a key matchup against a potential playoff foe this weekend, the Cleveland Indians did not show up. The Tampa Bay Rays, however, got another strong pitching performance from All-Star Charlie Morton and piled up runs in the middle and late innings to complete a three-game sweep of the Indians behind an 8-2 final.
The Cleveland bats were missing for much of the weekend, much as they have been over the course of the last couple of weeks. For the second time in the last four series, the Indians failed to earn a win against a playoff caliber opponent while looking as though they have run out of gas after several demoralizing late season injuries have put significant dents in the offense. The Tribe mustered just six hits, and both runs scored came from Jake Bauers, who rejoined the team after a month away to replace the injured Tyler Naquin, who was lost after a torn ACL suffered in Friday night’s loss.
A late arrival to Chicago did the Cleveland Indians no favors as the club was shelled in a 10-4 final against the White Sox on Thursday night.
A lengthy finale with the Red Sox in Boston on Wednesday night and the ensuing flight to Chicago may have led to a sluggish effort from the Indians on Thursday night in the opener of their four-game series with the White Sox. Carlos Carrasco’s strong numbers against Chicago this month disappeared, as he allowed six runs over six and one-third innings, and the offense could not make up the difference in their third look of the season at left-hander Manny Banuelos.
A first inning grand slam by former Indian Jay Bruce highlighted a ten-run shellacking by Seattle in Cleveland on Sunday as the Mariners routed the Tribe in a 10-0 two-hit shutout.
For the first time in 13 tries this season, the Mariners (19-17) defeated a team with a winning record and salvaged the season series against the Indians (18-14) by avoiding a second sweep against Cleveland in the final game between the two clubs this year. The win ended their six-game losing streak.
In the event that you thought the 11-5 score from Progressive Field was a close game, that final score was hardly indicative of the results as the Cleveland Indians buried themselves under an eleven-run deficit before finding the scoreboard late in an embarrassing shellacking by the Atlanta Braves on Sunday in the series finale.
In a nationally televised game on ESPN, the game was essentially over after two frames. On the heels of a disastrous ninth inning in the second game of Saturday’s double dip, the Indians allowed nine runs in the first four innings on Sunday before scoring some garbage time runs to make the final a little more palatable.
The Cleveland bullpen coughed up a four-run lead in a five-run Atlanta ninth as the Indians fell to the Braves, 8-7, in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader from Progressive Field.
After taking the first game of the series earlier in the day, the Indians jumped out to a big lead in the first two innings, but the Braves kept their hopes alive by chipping away for several runs in the middle innings before using an improbable ninth inning, aided by an absolute meltdown from the Indians bullpen, to rally back with five runs in the final frame to steal away a victory from the Tribe.
The Braves moved to 10-10 with the victory and ended their four-game losing streak, while the Indians fell to 12-8 with their second home loss of the season. Cleveland’s four-game winning streak also came to an end in the embarrassing end results.
Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT
Countdown to Opening Day – 61 days
Dan Otero has spent the last few years as the most recent member of the 61-club for the Cleveland Indians, serving as a reliable middle reliever for the organization. That role is expected to change for 2019, as free agent losses of Bryan Shaw, Andrew Miller, and Cody Allen over the last couple of offseasons have drastically altered what was once one of the more formidable bullpens in the Majors.
The American League Central sleepwalk, coupled with a tough series with Boston earlier in the week, appear to have taken their toll on the Cleveland Indians. The Tribe dropped a season-high fourth straight game on Saturday, shelled by the Kansas City Royals, 7-1.
It was another tough start for Corey Kluber, who saw his four-game winning streak disappear in a rough outing against KC. The Royals fell behind early, but fought back and scored runs in five of their final six trips to the plate to bury the Indians with a big loss.
An early Cleveland lead would not stand in the way for Boston on Wednesday, as the Red Sox would knock out Carlos Carrasco in the fourth and used three long balls to defeat the Indians by a 10-4 final to end their season-high tying three-game losing skid.
It was a rough night for the Indians starter Carrasco, who has been nearly unbeatable over the course of the last month and a half since rejoining the team after a stint on the disabled list. He would only last three and two-thirds innings on the night as he continued to struggle at Fenway Park in his career.
A back-and-forth game needed eleven innings for an outcome to be decided on Friday night as the Cleveland Indians captured a 9-8 win in extra innings over the Texas Rangers.
The second half of the schedule started out with some dramatics for the Indians and Rangers in a slugfest on the hottest night of the season for both teams. The two clubs combined for 17 runs on 34 hits while stranding 24 runners on base. Home runs factored in the early scoring for Cleveland, but late blasts by the Rangers forced bonus baseball in the first game after the All-Star break.
When you recap 162 games a season at a minimum, you kind of feel as though you see everything that can happen. Generally amidst the highs and lows of a long season, you may get a few firsts, you may see some stories that are a lot of fun to script, and a few others still that are absolute torture to relive.
But then this game – Tuesday, July 10 – happened. For the first time in more than a decade, the Cleveland Indians blew a four-run lead in the ninth inning. And it was not just the fact that it occurred, because in professional sports strange and unpredictable things can happen. It was the way that everything transpired that made the Tribe’s 7-4 shocking loss to the Cincinnati Reds all the more difficult to digest.